Android Creator Andy Rubin To Take The Stand In Apple-Samsung Battle


Apple may call Andy Rubin — one of the original creators of the Android platform — during next month’s Apple v. Samsung trial, according to court documents.

Rubin left the Android team to work on Google’s robotics projects in March 2013. Should he be called to the stand during the forthcoming trial, he would be cross-examined on the development of Android features which Apple claims infringe on it own patents. He may also be asked to discuss “Google documents relating to such development.”

If Apple calls Rubin, this will be his first time testifying in the various legal battles between Apple and Samsung.

Other Google staff named by Apple’s layers include Kenzo Fong Hing, Google’s head of Android marketing; Hiroshi Lockheimer, a VP of engineering; Ann Hsieh, a user experience researcher; Fred Quintana, a software developer; and former Google employee Helena Roeber, who tackled “all aspects of user research” on Android, according to Apple.

Samsung has already named the Apple representatives it plans to call as Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing; Tony Blevins, VP of procurement; Greg Christie, VP of human interface; and Bruce Watrous, Apple’s chief IP lawyer. It may also call Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone & iOS product marketing; and former senior VP of iOS Software Scott Forstall — who left Apple in late 2012.